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Verizon Business Expands IT Consulting Services Aimed at Application Management, Storage

Verizon Business Expands IT Consulting Services Aimed at Application Management, Storage  


New Professional Services Address Continued Global Demand From Enterprises for Help Managing IT Environments  


BASKING RIDGE, N.J.  – To meet the growing demand from enterprises for help maximizing IT environments, Verizon Business is expanding its already robust portfolio of global professional consulting services.


The company announced Wednesday (May 6) seven additional IT consulting services that address the need for global enterprises to optimize the performance of applications operating on their networks and to securely store the growing volume of corporate data.  The new professional application-assessment and storage services — available in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region — will be delivered by specially trained and experienced consultants.


Global managed and professional services — a key part of Verizon Business’ strategic services offerings — represent a significant growth area for the company.  It expects to experience continued expansion in this area throughout 2009.  Verizon Business’ strategic services — which also include fast-growing IP (Internet protocol), Ethernet and security solutions — drove revenue of $1.5 billion in the first quarter 2009, up 7.5 percent from the first quarter 2008.  


“IT performance is taking on new meaning in today’s challenging business environment,” said Kerry Bailey, senior vice president — global services, Verizon Business.  “Rather than just hoping their IT environment will perform optimally, companies need to be proactive in managing their applications and ensuring critical company data is stored appropriately for safekeeping and retrieval.  Through our expanded portfolio we are helping companies do all this securely and without missing a beat.”


Amy DeCarlo, principal analyst – managed IT services, Current Analysis, said: “Enterprises are looking for flexible options when making decisions about enhancing their IT and network environments.  The fact that Verizon Business is vendor- and technology-neutral gives customers more alternatives to choose from to ensure they have access to solutions tailored to fit their particular needs.”


Helping Enterprises Address LAN and WAN Performance Challenges


Through the company’s new standardized suite of Network Application Assessment professional services, customers can easily address periodic local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) performance issues that can slow down the delivery of applications to corporate users. This suite also can help companies plan for long-term growth needs.


These new application-assessment services, which offer customers the ability to reactively or proactively review the health of their applications and networks and identify potential areas for remediation, are:


Critical Business Problem Resolution:  For organizations needing to immediately address critical business issues, Verizon Business can help them to investigate and identify root cause of network issues and facilitate troubleshooting as well as provide recommendations on how to resolve WAN and LAN issues contributing to the degradation of application delivery.  Areas of focus include analysis on multiple aspects of the network, including how applications are utilized and end-to-end performance between end users and applications.


Application Infrastructure Analysis:  Provides a proactive analysis of the customer’s existing network, application infrastructure and architecture with a focus on application performance, including the network’s ability to support new applications such as VoIP and SAP.  Results of this analysis can be used by the customer for current or future IT planning, as well as IT budget planning; documentation of existing network infrastructure; business continuity planning; capacity analysis, including peak season performance analysis and end-of-life network and application infrastructure redundancy and/or scalability.


Network Health Assessment: For organizations proactive in their approach, Verizon Business experts can provide a Network Health Assessment service that examines a customer’s existing network infrastructure and architecture.  Results can be used for current or future IT planning, as well as IT budget planning; network re-architecture; end-of-life network hardware analysis; network improvements, including WAN acceleration options; or identification or analysis of any latency issues. Service is ideal for organizations wishing to establish a reference design to address known areas of concern; identify traffic flow; baseline the current network performance by device and by link, as well as document and review critical business process that include applications.


 Storage Considerations Key Among Enterprises


 More and more enterprises need ways to manage and store data in an increasingly information-driven world. Verizon Business industry experts can help organizations assess existing storage configurations as well as design and build new storage solutions that help them meet their IT requirements and data storage regulations.  The four new consulting services are:   


Storage Assessment: Assess current storage solutions and recommend improvements based on the customer’s technical and business requirements.


Database Assessment and Design: Examine existing database solution and recommend improvements based on the customer’s IT and business environment.  


Database Backup/Replication Assessment: Assess current data backup and/or data replication strategies and recommend improvements for either data retention or backup policies.


Storage Integration: Implement a new storage solution and migrate data for storage area network (SAN)-based applications.


With these capabilities in addition to extensive managed service offerings, Verizon Business is able to offer and support the entire lifecycle of data and storage solutions as part of an overall infrastructure management engagement. Enterprises can turn to Verizon Business to find the right solution to meet their specific needs — whether it’s moving to virtualization; or the need to augment a company’s data replication strategy or improve its database configuration; or address whether an organization wants to transition from a distributed data configuration to a SAN architecture.


All Verizon Business storage consulting and management services are delivered by professionals certified and trained in storage technologies, including EMC-certified engineers, who can implement and develop infrastructure and tools for management.              


Delivering Solutions Through Key Practice Areas


Verizon Business excels in delivering solutions across key practice areas that address a wide range of business and technology issues for today’s extended enterprise, which includes employees, customers, partners and suppliers.


 The professional services team is able to provide guidance and recommendations for accelerating the transition to new technologies, applications and delivery methods, as well as address data storage and security compliance requirements.  


Verizon Business delivers a standardized set of more than 50 professional-service capabilities in four key practice areas: Security Solutions, IT Solutions, Network Engineering and Integration Services, and Communications Solutions.


The company provides a complementary set of managed network, managed hosting and managed security offerings, and manages and maintains more than 4,000 customer networks and more than 270,000 communications devices around the globe. Its global infrastructure, including one of the most expansive and the most connected global IP networks in the world, provides a unique foundation from which to serve multinational customers.


For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com/solutions/professional.


 About Verizon Business Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with the world’s most connected IP network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions.  We securely connect today’s extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees – enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment.  Many of the world’s largest businesses and governments – including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions – rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.

TM Forum Membership Up 25% As Comms Industry Seeks Guidance in Tough Times

TM Forum takes pole position to help industry tackle recession


MORRISTOWN, NJ, May 5, 2009 – TM Forum, the world’s premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, today announced results for the financial year ending March 31, 2009. For the fifth consecutive year, the international not-for-profit organization has achieved revenue and membership growth of more than 25%. The results show an organization well placed to weather the current global recession, and reinforce the Forum’s leading position in helping its global membership tackle the effects of the economic crisis.


TM Forum exists to help its 737 member companies – which include service providers and suppliers in the telecom, mobile, cable, defense and media sectors across 185 countries – by providing leadership, guidance and practical solutions that improve their business effectiveness. In the current economic climate as service providers seek to reduce operating costs, the Forum’s extensive set of best practices and standards provide a stable, low-risk roadmap for cost-base transformation. In addition, the Forum is leading the way for delivery and monetization of new services, exploring new business models and opportunities with partners in an extended value-chain of content and media players.


According to Keith Willetts, chairman and CEO, TM Forum, “Very few of the countries where TM Forum has active members have escaped the effects of the global financial crisis. For a long time we have been saying that – sooner or later- service providers everywhere will need to radically change the way they do business or their cost base will sink them. The global downturn has brought this line of thinking into very sharp focus.”


The Forum’s flagship Management World conference being held this week in Nice, France, will tackle these key issues head on. The conference – which has proven itself as the communication industry’s conference of choice for 2009 – exposes the value of the Forum’s best practices and standards through more than 100 service provider led presentations and case studies. “Moving onwards through 2009, the Forum is well placed to help its members triumph in these difficult times,” added Willetts.


About TM Forum

With 737 member companies across 185 countries, TM Forum is the world’s leading industry association focused on improving business effectiveness for service providers and their suppliers. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides practical solutions, guidance and leadership to transform the way that digital services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the world’s largest service providers, cable and network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.


TM Forum provides a wide range of information and support to help its members reduce the costs and risks associated with creating and delivering profitable services. These include industry research and benchmarks, technology roadmaps, best practice guidebooks, software standards and interfaces, as well as certified training, conferences and publications. The Forum also provides its member community with extensive marketing and networking opportunities, enabling business with new customers and partners.

To learn more please visit www.tmforum.org.

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Altitude Telecom Chooses Ekinops for its Converged Ethernet and TDM Optical Transport Network

Ekinops 360 platform delivers on the “pay-as-you-grow” promise

PARIS, April 28, 2009 – Ekinops, a leading provider of next generation multi-protocol, multi-reach optical transport, and aggregation solutions, for metro, regional, and long haul networks, contributed to the deployment of the Altitude Telecom high-capacity, regional optical network between Paris and northwestern France.


The phased project involved construction of a converged TDM and Ethernet 10G DWDM optical backbone using the Ekinops 360 platform.


Altitude Telecom is a full-service operator offering voice, data, and Internet services. Thanks to the success of the new Altitude Telecom Data Center, the carrier was looking to increase the capacity of its network. The Ekinops 360 platform offered Altitude Telecom a cost-effective means to extend its network.


“We needed a robust and flexible technology for our core network and for interconnecting with other service providers,” noted Bertrand Lebarbier, Executive Director of Altitude Telecom. “The Ekinops solution was selected for its flexibility, reliability and its upgradability. We also liked the small footprint and low power consumption. It will significantly reduce our OPEX.”


“The Ekinops platform provides the ideal ‘pay as you grow’ architecture, allowing Altitude Telecom to invest in its network incrementally when the services growth justifies it,” explains Didier Brédy, Ekinops CEO.


The new infrastructure was deployed in several phases. In 2007, Ekinops was able to implement the first phase in less than a month, compared with the industry typical two-to-four-month implementation timeline.


“We are proud to work with a service provider as renowned as Altitude Telecom and to have won in 2008 the extension to this new converged network,” adds Brédy. “Our optical transport solutions enable telecommunications carriers to seamlessly migrate their legacy networks toward a new generation of converged, flexible, multi-protocol and ‘green’ DWDM networks.”


Among the deployment challenges was Altitude Telecom’s need for high bandwidth in a number of point-to-point links, most of which exceeded 150 kilometers (about 95 miles). The Ekinops 360, which enables optical links of several hundred kilometers without in-line amplification, was an ideal solution for this architecture. It allowed for minimal upfront cost and lower ongoing cost due to the elimination of the inline amplification sites.


Ekinops’ advanced DynaFEC (Dynamic Forward Error Correction) and DynaMux (Dynamic Multiplexing) technologies also allow for reduced initial cost. DynaFEC, a leading FEC technology, uses software techniques to eliminate errors and push longer distances rather than using more expensive optics to achieve the required distances. DynaMux allows for the multiplexing of any mix of service types over a single wavelength, reducing the required number of wavelengths in converged networks.


In addition, Altitude Telecom was looking for equipment that took up minimal space and utilized minimal power in each of its network sites. The Ekinops 360 platform is amongst the lowest power consuming systems in the industry.


About Ekinops

Ekinops is a leading designer and supplier of next generation optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprise customers. The Ekinops 360 Dynamic, Multi-Reach Transport System provides DWDM and CWDM on a single platform that addresses Metro, Regional, and Long Haul applications. The Ekinops 360 system relies on the innovative, programmable Ekinops T-Chip® (TRANSPORT ON-A-CHIP TECHNOLOGY) that enables Fast, Flexible, and Cost-effective service delivery for building high speed optical networks. Using the Ekinops 360 carrier-grade system, operators can increase transport capacity of their networks – CWDM, DWDM, Ethernet, ESCON, Fiber Channel, SONET/SDH, and uncompressed video (HD-SDI, SD-SDI, ASI) – through the industry’s most efficient aggregation of services. The company is headquartered in Lannion, France, with offices in Europe, the USA and Asia. For more information, visit Ekinops at www.ekinops.net


About Altitude Telecom

Altitude Telecom is a full telecommunications operator experts in IP. Altitude Telecom provides companies with voice, data and Internet solutions, anywhere in France. Altitude Telecom relies on strong technology knowledge in the telecommunication industry and offers services to several large enterprises and administration: VPN IP MPLS, VoIP, Internet access, hosting and fixed/mobile convergence. For more information, please visit www.altitudetelecom.fr


Press contacts:

Ekinops

Dominique Arestan

darestan@ekinops.net

Tel. direct : +33 (0)1 49 97 04 03

Mobile : +33 (0)6 42 10 95 05


Altitude Télécom

Maïté Sommervogel

maite.sommervogel@altitudetelecom.fr

Tel. direct : +33 (0)2 76 51 12 10

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XO Communications Launches Service in Raleigh



Local Businesses Can Benefit From XO’s Advanced Data and IP Services, Nationwide Reach and Simplified Pricing


RALEIGH, NC - April 27, 2009 - XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO) announced today the availability of its IP-based voice and data communications services to Raleigh businesses. This expansion marks the company’s second network expansion within the North Carolina market, further positioning XO Communications as a leading nationwide telecommunications provider for the region’s businesses, enterprises, carriers and government agencies. The company launched Charlotte last spring and is now fully operational in Raleigh.


XO Communications is bringing to Raleigh its broad portfolio of next generation, IP-based voice and data networking services, including high-speed dedicated Internet access, XO Ethernet, XO IP Flex, XO SIP, XO One iPBX, XO MPLS IP-VPN, and XO Interactive Voice Response services. In addition, XO Communications offers a unique and simplified bandwidth-based pricing for its converged IP services that simplifies how businesses in Raleigh can buy and scale communications services to support their changing needs.


“We are pleased to have XO Communications in our area,” said Harvey Schmitt, chief executive officer of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. “Their communication solutions are a welcomed addition to the technology services in the Raleigh and Research Triangle region. We wish them great success.”


As the second largest business market in the state, Raleigh sits in the heart of the “Research Triangle” — an eight county region between the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The area is renowned for its leading technology firms, world-class universities, medical research centers and hospitals. In February 2009, Raleigh was selected by Forbes as one of the “Best Places for Business and Careers” for the third straight year as a result of its burgeoning technology-based marketplace and rapid population growth.


“This latest expansion strengthens XO’s foothold in North Carolina and reinforces our position as the leading communications provider for businesses across the region and nationwide,” said Carl Grivner, chief executive officer of XO Communications. “Difficult economic times require businesses large and small to maximize their data and IP spend, and XO is well-positioned to help Raleigh’s businesses cost-effectively enhance their communications infrastructure and improve efficiencies.”


For more information about XO Communications’ services in the Raleigh market, call (877) 967-2562.


About XO Communications

XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading nationwide provider of advanced communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators. Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com.



Media Contacts

Chad
Couser / XO Communications

703-547-2746

chad.couser@xo.com


Courtney Harper / Reputation Partners (for XO Communications)

312-819-5722

courtney@reputationpartners.com

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XO Communications Enhances Ethernet Solutions Portfolio with Broader Range of Access Speeds

Provides Customers with Increased Ethernet Options to Meet Wider Range of Bandwidth Needs

Introduces 3 and 5 Mbps Mid-Band Ethernet Options


HERNDON, VA – April 2, 2009 – XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO) today announced the nationwide availability of an expanded range of new Ethernet access speeds for businesses, enterprises and wholesale customers.  Through its extensive nationwide network footprint and advanced, next generation Ethernet services infrastructure, XO Communications provides a wide range of scalable Ethernet access options and speeds in more locations to help customers cost-effectively enhance network performance.


XO Communications now offers customers an increased number of incremental bandwidth options to choose from when creating their custom XO Ethernet solution. Available in more than 75 metropolitan markets where XO offers services, customers can now obtain new Ethernet transport speeds of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 200, 300, 400, or 500 Mbps at XO on-net fiber locations, and speeds of 3, 5, 15 or 20 Mbps at locations served by last mile copper where XO has deployed Ethernet over copper technology.  This also marks the first time the 3 and 5 Mbps mid-band Ethernet access options will be available to XO Communications’ customers for Dedicated Internet access service.


“As companies look to their wide-area networks and Internet connections to support mission critical business applications, XO Communications offers an extensive nationwide footprint and a wide range of bandwidth options that enable businesses to cost-effectively boost network performance through Ethernet,” said Randy Nicklas, chief technology officer at XO Communications.  “XO’s extensive local metro network assets, combined with our nationwide inter-city network give us the unique ability to offer businesses flexible, scalable and high-performance Ethernet solutions regardless if they are served by fiber or last mile copper.”


Last year, XO Communications deployed an enhanced Ethernet switching platform in major metropolitan locations across its nationwide network. This platform provided a highly-reliable, service rich next generation infrastructure enabling XO Communications to offer a broader range of Ethernet bandwidth options and services at speeds of 3 Mbps to 10 Gbps.  In addition, this platform provided a pathway for XO Communications to offer true any-to-any, multi-site Ethernet solutions, along with multiple classes of service on an on-demand basis.


XO Communications has taken a leadership role in expanding the availability of Ethernet services to more locations through a number of network access platforms, including:


·         Extensive Nationwide Inter-City and Metro Fiber Networks: XO Communications offers Ethernet services at speeds from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps to businesses and service providers in 75 major metropolitan markets through its 19,000 route mile inter-city fiber optic network and nearly one million fiber miles of metro networks.


·         Nationwide Deployment of Ethernet over Copper Technology: With deployments today in 75 major metropolitan markets, Ethernet over copper technology enables XO Communications to extend its Ethernet services footprint beyond its fiber network and enable businesses at copper-fed locations to take advantage of Ethernet services for the first time at speeds of 3 Mbps to 80 Mbps.


·         Fixed Broadband Wireless Capabilities: XO Communications currently has the capability to utilize fixed broadband wireless technology in 36 major metropolitan markets to further expand its network footprint and deliver Ethernet services directly to businesses at speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 800 Mbps.


For more information about XO Ethernet Solutions, go to www.xo.com or contact an XO Business Services sales representative at (866) 963-9696 or an XO Carrier Services sales representative at (800) 474-1763.  To learn more about the features and benefits of XO Ethernet Solutions, listen to a podcast from XO Communications here: http://xo.connectedsocialmedia.com/8/extending-ethernet-over-the-business-or-enterprise-wide-area-network.


About XO Communications

XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading nationwide provider of advanced communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators. Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com.


 


Media Contacts

Chad
Couser / XO Communications

703-547-2746

chad.couser@xo.com


Courtney Harper / Reputation Partners (for XO Communications)

312-819-5722

courtney@reputationpartners.com


 


 

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Ceragon Wireless Backhaul Ethernet Solutions Selected by a Leading Carrier in North America


Ceragon Wireless Backhaul Ethernet Solutions Selected by a Leading Carrier in North America



Leading national wireless communications carrier to deploy Ceragon’s FibeAir® IP-10 in a multi-million dollar deal


Ceragon LogoTEL AVIV, Israel, April 1, 2009 - Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CRNT), a leading provider of high-capacity LTE-ready wireless backhaul solutions, today announced that  a leading North American wireless communications carrier, has selected its advanced wireless Ethernet solutions. Ceragon’s FibeAir® IP-10 systems in combination with Ceragon’s High Power RF units will be deployed by the carrier to provide long-haul transport for high-speed data and voice services. This deployment will support the carrier’s geographical expansion and network capacity enhancement. Initial orders are valued at over US$6 million, of which $5 million has been recorded as revenue.


Ceragon was selected for this important build due to its ability to deliver a high performance IP-based solution that supports multiple radio configurations. With superior system gain, Ceragon can provide its new customer the ability to extend its network reach while using smaller antennas. This particular feature alone helps achieve significant cost savings without compromising the quality of the service.


 “This is an important strategic win for Ceragon as it delivers our most advanced platform into a new and prestigious customer” said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. “The decision to choose our solutions for its high-speed, long haul IP network is a ringing endorsement of our technology and strategy.”


Ceragon’s FibeAir IP-10 is a unique migration-ready platform that supports native Ethernet and Native2 (hybrid) TDM/Ethernet over a single platform. The combination with Ceragon’s advanced high power RF unit, the FibeAir RFU-HP, provides a unique solution for long haul IP and TDM applications. The solution utilizes advanced Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) for unmatched link optimization, ensuring the highest available capacities under any weather conditions.  The solution can be deployed in both split-mount and all indoor configurations.


FibeAir IP-10 and FibeAir RFU-HP will be showcased at CTIA Wireless, Booth #6406, April 1-3, 2009, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas.


Ceragon SystemsAbout Ceragon Networks Ltd.


Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CRNT) is a leading provider of high capacity wireless backhaul solutions that enable wireless service providers to deliver voice and premium data services, such as Internet browsing, music and video applications. Ceragon’s wireless backhaul solutions use microwave technology to transfer large amounts of network traffic between base stations and the infrastructure at the core of the mobile network. Ceragon designs solutions to provide fiber-like connectivity for circuit-switched, or SONET/SDH, networks, next generation Ethernet/Internet Protocol, or IP-based, networks, and hybrid networks that combine circuit-switched and IP-based networks. Ceragon’s solutions support all wireless access technologies, including GSM, CDMA, EV-DO and WiMAX. These solutions address wireless service providers’ need to cost-effectively build-out and scale their infrastructure to meet the increasing demands placed on their networks by growing numbers of subscribers and the increasing demand for premium data services. Ceragon also provides its solutions to businesses and public institutions that operate their own private communications networks. Ceragon’s solutions are deployed by more than 150 service providers of all sizes, as well as in hundreds of private networks, in nearly 100 countries. More information is available at www.ceragon.com

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Optelian Packs Four Times More Capacity onto Fiber

Contact: Louise Boyling

Tel: 1-613-688-8000 x2130 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Email: louise.boyling@optelian.com


Packs Four Times More Capacity onto Fiber


New Muxponder Aggregates 4 OC-48/STM-16/OTU-1 Systems onto 1 Fiber or C/DWDM Wavelength


Ottawa, ON/Marietta, GA March 30th, 2009


Optelian’s new 4 x 2.5 Gb/s Muxponder is a break-through for high-growth networks. Up to four OC-48/STM-16 or OTU-1 systems can now be aggregated into one 10.7 Gb/s OTU-2 signal to go onto a single fiber or onto a single wavelength of a C/DWDM system.


This economical and quick-to-deploy solution is a boon for both established network operators experiencing fiber exhaust due to growth in their networks and for new operators with limited fiber who are trying to expand their businesses.

In addition to aggregation, the muxponder converts the signal to OTU-2, adding the benefits of G.709 OTN. These include spanning longer distances with an additional 6/8.2 dB gain from GFEC/UFEC forward error correction, as well as enhanced performance monitoring paired with protection path switching.


“When used as part of Optelian’s LightGAIN optical transport system, the MPX-3GOTN is astonishingly easy to engineer, install, and turn-up,” said Ellen Warren, Optelian Product Manager. “Whether the network operator has existing OC-48/STM-16 or OTU-1 systems they want to consolidate or whether they want to add these systems but have limited fiber available, this new muxponder dramatically reduces deployment time and cost and brings in revenue faster.”


About Optelian

Optelian designs and manufactures optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, many of the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have chosen Optelian for quick delivery, custom designs, and great service. Optelian’s carrier-grade system, LightGAIN, saves power and is easy to use. Compact LightGAIN systems support a full range of optical transport applications in all segments of the network.

Optelian sales, service, and marketing are based in Marietta, Georgia; development and manufacturing are based in Ottawa, Ontario. International headquarters are in London, UK, with offices, partners, and distributors worldwide. Optelian is TL 9000-H registered.

For additional information regarding Optelian, please go to www.optelian.com.

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Managment World 2009: Forumville To Spotlight Six Key Strategies

Forumville Sets Strategy for Success at TM Forum’s Management World 2009


TM Forum Innovation Zone to spotlight six key strategies to drive business solutions for today and prepare the industry for the future


MORRISTOWN, NJ, March 26, 2009 –TM Forum, the world’s premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, revealed today six key strategies to combat the economic downturn and prepare the industry for the future. The set of practical strategies and tactics will be unveiled at the Forum’s flagship Management World conference (4-8 May 2009, Nice, France), showcased within the exclusive Forumville innovation zone.


In a world where communications service providers face the continual challenge of maintaining profitability for increasingly competitive and diverse services, TM Forum is leading the way in improving business effectiveness. Through leadership and collaboration, the Forum is delivering the standards and best practices that underpin automation, reduce OpEx and customer churn, and allow service providers to adapt to new business models.


According to Martin Creaner, President and CTO, TM Forum, “Forumville brings together leading industry experts in a series of live Technology Catalyst and Content Encounter demos, providing examples of the innovation and rapid solution development only possible through collaboration. Together with business and technical presentations focused on implementation of TM Forum standards, Forumville will offer conference delegates a one stop shop for essential transformation tools.”


The six key strategy areas will cover:


·Business Transformation — Tuning business for the road ahead

Looking at the big picture of how the TM Forum best practices, business programs and executive communities can help with business strategies for becoming ever more efficient, automated, agile, and customer-centric;


·Software Development — Reducing development cost and risk

IT solutions are the backbone of any business transformation. Attendees will learn how TM Forum standards and best practices are enabling a wide range of service providers and their suppliers to save millions of dollars through standards-based implementation;


·Service Innovation — Getting new services to market faster

Three live Technology Catalyst demonstrations will showcase multi-vendor solutions that enable new services to be created quickly and cost effectively across service provider and business partner environments;


·Revenue Management — Ensuring profitability in a complex service environment

Billing, Charging and Revenue Assurance all have direct impact on the bottom line. Revenue management systems need to be able to handle the demands of the ever increasing service loads and payment choices. Attendees will learn how TM Forum is focusing on business process and proven revenue assurance techniques to make a difference in this straight-to-the-bottom line area;


·Customer Experience — Proactively managing customer loyalty

Keeping customers is generally more cost effective than acquiring new customers – so focus on customer experience paramount. Forum members are leading the way in reducing customer churn by enabling integrated customer care systems;


·Digital Media Value Chain — Enabling business models for the new digital marketplace

Now is the time to prepare for new business models which will rely new services and partnerships. Attendees will see how TM Forum is driving the creation of end-to-end management solutions in the multi-player extended value chain that includes content owners, advertisers, and service providers of all kinds;


Forumville will include two theaters, offering in-depth technology demonstrations, case studies of real-world implementations and educational presentations. Attendees will also receive free registration to the Forum’s new online community, where members can connect to their peers and gain access to the latest industry topics and thought leadership.


The strategies and tactics unveiled in Forumville will be mirrored throughout the Management World 2009 conference, which opens with an impressive keynote lineup on Wednesday, May 6. “Forumville, along with the entire Management World conference this year, focuses on the strategies and tactics service providers need to embrace to survive. The current economic situation presents an opportunity for service providers to transform themselves to support the new business models that will prove to be essential to future growth and profitability for service providers,” added Creaner.


The full conference agenda, keynote and speaker details as well as information surrounding certified training courses available in Nice are available now at http://www.tmforum.org/ManagementWorld2009/


Press and analysts are invited to contact Geoff Devlin, gdevlin@tmforum.org, to apply for press access to the conference.


About TM Forum


With more than 700 member companies in 75 countries, TM Forum is the world’s leading industry association focused on improving business effectiveness for service providers and their suppliers. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides practical solutions, guidance and leadership to transform the way that digital services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the world’s largest service providers, cable and network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.


TM Forum provides a wide range of information and support to help its members reduce the costs and risks associated with creating and delivering profitable services. These include industry research and benchmarks, technology roadmaps, best practice guidebooks, software standards and interfaces, as well as certified training, conferences and publications. The Forum also provides its member community with extensive marketing and networking opportunities, enabling business with new customers and partners.


To learn more please visit www.tmforum.org.

RGB Networks Overcomes IPTV Complexities with Advanced Video Test Solutions from Spirent

Spirent TestCenter


Spirent Communications plc (LSE: SPT), a global leader in network testing, today announced that RGB Networks, the leader in network video processing, selected the award-winning Spirent TestCenterâ„¢ platform to facilitate the testing of RGB’s IPTV solutions.  Additionally, RGB chose the Spirent TestCenter Hypermetricsâ„¢ Application Performance module to conduct the industry’s highest performance Layer 4-7, security and vulnerability assessment tests.


The emergence of IP video solutions and services over traditional telco and cable networks and over the Internet through services such Netflix, Hulu.com, YouTube and others has increased level of complexity associated with testing related equipment. Many test systems, unable to accommodate the needs of equipment manufacturers, impact the ability to ship products on time. Fortunately, RGB Networks understood that Spirent could help to tackle these challenges.


“Spirent’s solutions allow us to conduct tests in a realistic network and user environment with a unique mix of traffic while reducing the time associated with successfully completing such efforts,” said Charles Corablis, vice president of Engineering, RGB Networks. “Unlike other products, Spirent addresses port density, high performance and critical aspect of realism required to ensure the highest Quality of Experience (QoE) for IPTV services.”


The high density, multi-core architecture of Spirent TestCenter Hypermetrics provides RGB Networks with scalability and performance along with the capability to reallocate processing power to conduct the complex testing associated with IPTV. The emphasis on performance and application realism rather than just port density enables test engineers to invest in a single solution for all their testing needs while reducing capital expenses and operating within the constraints of limited budgets.


“While there are other products on the market, RGB Networks’ decision to use Spirent test equipment demonstrates the value and unsurpassed capabilities we bring to the table,” said Ahmed Murad, general manager, Multimedia Applications Solutions Group at, Spirent Communications. “By continuing to deliver the most complete set of offerings, we help enable companies such as RGB to introduce technologically advanced solutions that are not only reliable but rich in features and functionality.”


Communications industry leaders also depend on multi-functional, comprehensive solutions from Spirent to help ensure that the multi-play networks and multi-technology platforms of tomorrow deliver the QoE which service providers demand today. Testing the converged network is a strategic imperative for service providers and network equipment manufacturers to reduce churn and increase revenue potential. 


Spirent offers others modules for its TestCenter platform including the Hypermetrics Converged (CV) and Hypermetrics Converged Multi-play (CM). These modules, along with Hypermetrics AP, support a robust and scalable test platform with a flexible user experience for conducting end-to-end Layer 2-7 multi-play testing at gigabit or 10gigabit line rates. Demonstration of Spirent TestCenter family of solutions can be viewed at Booth #202 at IPTV World Forum, London, March 25 -27. For more information visit www.spirent.com/go/hypermetrics 


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BSO Communication Selects the Ekinops 360 Dynamic Multi-Reach Transport platform to reinforce its service offering

Paris – 17 March 2009 – Ekinops, a leading provider of next generation solutions for metro, regional and long-haul optical transport and aggregation, has been chosen by next generation operator BSO Communication to provide optimized optical transport solutions for their network.


In addition to typical transport applications, BSO Communication was interested in a capability that would allow it to differentiate its service offerings to customers from those offered by other service providers. Upon BSO Communication’s request, Ekinops was able to deliver the capability to offer rate-managed 10Gig (10 gigabit per second) services and full rate GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) services over the same 10Gig wavelength. This enables BSO Communication to offer tailored services, while utilizing network bandwidth efficiently.


Thanks to the T-Chip, Ekinops’ innovative dynamic and programmable transport-on-a-chip technology at the heart of its 360 platform, the implementation of this differentiated and unique service offering has been a success, done in record time, allowing BSO Communication to be responsive to customer needs.


BSO Communication is the first Next Generation Operator to provide network solutions, integration services, and web hosting to its customers. With strong growth, BSO Communication is today present in more than 10 countries: France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, and Hong Kong (China). For BSO Communication – in addition to allowing for the delivery of new and unique services quickly – the Ekinops 360 transport system architecture, based on the T-Chip technology, provides the highest standard of reliability.


BSO Communication will be using the Ekinops 360 platform for:

- Implementation of an Ethernet WDM transport network

- Equipment interconnection in its four major data centers located in the Paris area

- Transport of 10 Gbps signals in those data centers


“As a Next Generation Operator, our customers expect the highest level of flexibility from us in providing them with services that meet their needs. Efficient and unique use of our network bandwidth allows us to better respond to this customer demand,” said Frederic Dhieux, Technical Manager at BSO Communication. “With the Ekinops 360 platform, our major objective was to optimize the use of the bandwidth in our network while bringing a 10Gbps connection to our customers”.


 “The flexibility brought by the Ekinops 360 platform and this new 10 Gbps multi-service capability enabled BSO Communication to differentiate itself in the market, thanks to a significant cost advantage resulting from improved management of services to clients across the board,” said Sebastien Bernard, Sales Director of Northern Europe for Ekinops.


Ekinops developed this project in record time, two months, added Bernard. “Thanks to the T-Chip, Ekinops was able to deploy the technology extremely rapidly compared with what other equipment manufacturers could have done,” he emphasized.


“We are pleased that our T-Chip technology has once again allowed us to quickly deliver market differentiating capability for our customers,” added Rob Adams, Vice President of Global Marketing for Ekinops. “The dynamic nature of the T-Chip allows us to respond quickly to our customers’ needs and provides them with a level of comfort that the Ekinops 360 platform will be able to keep them ahead of their peers when it comes to new, innovative, and cost-effective service offerings.”

About Ekinops

Ekinops is a leading designer and supplier of optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprise networks. Our CWDM, DWDM and aggregation solutions are used by major carriers to build Metro, Regional and Long Haul networks. Ekinops’ optical transport platform relies on an innovative, programmable architecture that substantially lowers the cost of building high speed optical networks. Using Ekinops’ 360 carrier-grade products, operators can increase transport capacity over Fiber, CWDM, DWDM, SONET/SDH and IP networks. The company is headquartered in Lannion, France, with sales offices in Europe and the US and a representative office in Singapore. More information about Ekinops is available at www.ekinops.net

About BSO Communication

BSO Communication is the leading Global Next Generation Operator (NGO), founded in 2004. BSO Communication provides Network Services and Infrastructure, Hosting and Managed Services. BSO Communication, has built its own Global Network, which is scalable and flexible to meet the demands of companies, now and the future. Customers rely on BSO Communication to deliver the higher performance they need from their telecommunications services, our extensive, secure and reliable network does just that.

At the heart of our history, has been a constant commitment to providing excellent customer service and reliability. We’re proud of the fact that our many customers trust and rely on BSO Communication to deliver their mission critical telecommunications services. Although only 4 years old, BSO Communication has an impressive customer base, that includes France Television, Musiwave, Tiscali & Virgin.


Contact:

Ekinops 

Dominique Arestan 

Marketing Communications Director 

Tel: +33 (0)1 49 97 04 03 

Mobile: +33 (0)6 42 10 95 05

darestan@ekinops.net 


BSO Communication

Sophie Artonne

Head of Communication

Tel: +33 (0)1 77 36 10 00

Sophie.artonne@bsocom.com

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